Loving the working from home life – or still struggling with your company to grant you that option? A survey of 1,000 adults by Airtasker breaks it down, comparing the productivity, spending, and health of remote vs. in-office employees. (And yes, if you’re wondering, remote workers are more productive).
Staying home and saving
One in four employees had to quit a job because the commute was just too long
But working from home saves money. Compared to office employees, remote workers saved:
Also, compared to office employees, remote workers saved an annual average of $4,523 on fuel.
Who’s more productive?
Perhaps not surprisingly, without the distractions of the office, remote workers are more productive than office workers. While they take slightly longer breaks (four minutes longer than office workers), they’ve earned it: they have 10 minutes less unproductive time per day.
On average, remote employees work an extra 1.4 more days more every month, or over three work-weeks more a year than those who worked in an office.
According to remote employees, here are the best ways to stay productive:
- Take breaks: 37%
- Keep set working hours: 33%
- Have a to-do list: 30%
- Work in the same location every day: 25%
- Wake up early: 23%
- Plan the next workday: 19%
- Communicate with co-workers online to feel like part of the company: 15%
Chitchat. Lunchtime, the water cooler, or just about anytime – offices are hotbeds of chitchat. That’s more than cut in half with remote workers, however, making them even more productive.
Twenty-two of office employees and 15% of remote employees said their boss distracts them from work. The vast majority for both types of worksites (70% office, 65% remote) said it’s because they’re talkative.
With the extra accomplished work comes a downside – 29% of remote employees say they struggle with work-life balance.
And their stress levels seem to differ from office workers – 54% of remote employees said they became overly stressed during the workday, and 45% experienced high levels of anxiety. That’s compared to 49% and 42% of office employees, respectively.
While working from home can be highly preferable to the office for many people, it also means that there’s nobody around to support you when you’re trying to manage your emotions. Only by giving it a try will you be able to figure out if the costs outweigh the benefits.